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Catalina Island Casino Ballroom

1 Casino Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310 510 2000
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind... more » Owner description: Few words can describe the ambiance of the Catalina Casino: it epitomizes everything glamorous and romantic about Catalina Island. The one-of-a-kind venue is simply stunning inside, outside, and all around. If the meticulously decorated walls could talk, they’d tell countless stories of romance and celebration gathered from decades of memorable events. The immense, Deco-themed ballroom is large enough to contain weddings, large meetings or lectures or musical events. The Casino has retained its signature lavish style: a stunning medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas surrounding the wooden dance floor, and a vintage full-service bar anchoring the back. A sweeping veranda surrounds the ballroom with stunning 360-degree views of Avalon Bay. « less
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San Francisco, California
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198 reviews 198 reviews
29 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

When you see the ballroom with its massive Tiffany chandelier, you are instantly transported back to the days of glamour. We definitely want to plan to attend one of Catalina’s big events, like their jazz festival. The hardwood floors are glorious and one can imagine dancing the night away.

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Avalon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I went on this great little tour of the Avalon Casino Ballroom, Avalon Bay, Catalina Island. It was led by Portia, who besides being a great singer and piano player is pretty as well. She led the group to sing the Avalon song, which she said was sung by the guests before each event back in the day. Anyway, I... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Had the privilege of attending a ball and dancing on that wonderful circular dance floor eight floors up. Very smooth floor with no obstructions and the decor is amazing. Kudos to those who maintain it and the building which is the crown jewel of the island. A movie theater and a museum are on the lower levels. People should do... More

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San Jose, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Just to think, you can rent the joint for just 10 grand a night! It's hard to believe the floor is suspended. You can just picture the upper-crusters (and the high school basketball team) that populated this place in years gone by.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you're looking for a nice getaway, Catalina just might be a good option. You can pretty much do it all in a day or two, or just hangout by the pool or Descanso Beach. If you rent a golf cart for two hours, you can drive twice around the area and still have time to stop and smell the... More

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Portia was my guide - she was both informative and entertaining . The tour was full of nostalgic details of the casino, the theatre and concluded in the Ballroom, complete with a walk on the balcony - spectacular view. While we were walking up several ramps, I was able to take a lot of pictures of the beach out open... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

If you like history and a bit of Hollywood glamour take the tour. We took the mini tour for $10.00 each and it was just the right amount of time. Afterward our ticket got us a discount for the museum which was informative as well.

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San Diego, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

As I entered the front doors to what was described as the "Casino" I was greeted by a less than happy to see me employee who told me that the building was only open 3 hours per day and that if I came back the next day, I could pay $10 or $25 dollars to take one of the three... More

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San Francisco, California
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30 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The cushioned dance floor is amazing! I danced here as a kid to the big band Russ Morgan. I recommend taking the Casino back stage tour. The ceiling Tiffany chandeliers are beaufiul too.

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San Francisco, California
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19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went there to dance, and dance we did. The room is magnificent and they views are stunning. The food quality is excellent as well.

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